Biology Placement Exam
We are remaining closed for in person testing for the immediate future.
Remote testing is available as described below:
The test is administered through the Canvas Learning Management System.
Effective October 15, 2020 , Duo, two-factor authentication is required to access Canvas and other university systems including Academica.
Information about obtaining Duo is at this website.
The test can be taken on any device: desktop, laptop, iPad, and even smart phone.
We do not recommend using a smart phone if you have another option.
The test does not require a webcam but does require a good internet connection.
This is a test for placement into WSU Biology classes, NOT for course credit. If you are interested in credit by exam, please visit the CLEP page for more information.
The purpose of the Biology Placement Exam is to determine appropriate course placement for introductory biology coursework. Several introductory courses at Wayne State University (WSU) are taught with the expectation that the student has attained a certain level of prior knowledge and skill in the subject. Placement tests have been designed to ensure that you have the required prior knowledge before taking a class. It is better to be placed into a lower level course by an examination than to fail a higher-level course for which you are not adequately prepared. Prepare to do your best by reviewing the material on the web sites indicated and getting plenty of rest the night before your exam(s).
The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in reading, writing, and mathematics are used to determine placement into BIO 1050, 1500 or 1510.
ACT Composite Score
SAT Reading + Writing + Mathematics Scores
24 or higher = placement into BIO 1500/1510
1160 or higher = placement into BIO 1500/1510
23 or below = placement into BIO 1050
1150 or below = placement into BIO 1050
- The ACT or SAT scores used may not be from an exam taken more than two years prior to enrollment in the course.
- If you have taken the ACT and/or SAT more than once, only the most recent score will be considered. If the most recent ACT and/or SAT scores were taken during the same month and year, the highest score will be used.
As an alternate or additional method of placement, a student placing into BIO 1050 via the ACT or SAT may take the Biology Placement Exam if he/she wishes to attempt placement into BIO 1500 or 1510. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT or have scores more than two years old must take the Biology Placement Exam to determine course placement.
The Biology Placement Exam is a computer-based, 50-item multiple-choice test. For remote testing, examinees will be given 90 minutes. No aids are permitted. You may take the Biology Placement Exam once per semester, and examination results are valid for three semesters. The examination content is based on a one-year high school biology course that included a laboratory. Resources to help you prepare for the exam are available at clas.wayne.edu/Biology/Placement-Exams.
Rescheduling, refunds, and fees
- The examination fee is $25.00.
- You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment.
- A refund can be processed only if it is made before the day of the examination. Requests for refunds made on or after the examination date, or after the third reschedule, cannot be honored.
- Examination fees not rescheduled or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year.
- Test fees are subject to change without notice.
Prior to and on the day of the examination
For remote testing you will be sent detailed instructions by 6:00 p.m. the day before the exam. These instructions will be sent to your WSU access ID email address. If you do not find them in your inbox, check your Junk or Spam folders. If you have not receieved them send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be resent the morning of the exam.
The test will be administered through the Canvas Learning Management System. You log into this system using your own WSU Access ID and password. Scratch paper is allowed.
For in person testing, bring your WSU OneCard, or government-issued, current, signed, photo-bearing identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID). The identification presented must be an original document. Valid identification is required to test. You will also need your WSU Access ID and password. Scratch paper and a pencil will be provided. Be on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
Exams offered during the Winter semester are valid for Spring/Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022
The last date for Spring/Summer 2021 classes is May 6.
Exams offered during the Spring/Summer semester are valid for Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Spring/Summer 2022
The exam will be offered on Mondays, Wendesdays, and Fridays (except for May 31st - Memorial Day, and July 5th - Fourth of July holiday observed) beginning May 24th. It may be taken at any time during the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The actual exam dates will be displayed in our Automated System for Test Registration Online (ASTRO) beginning May 10th. These dates may close, reopen and close again as students register and drop out prior to the test date. Only the available dates will appear in the test registration system.
The last date for Fall 2021 classes is August 30th.
How to register for an examination
If you are an incoming first year student for Fall 2021 and were admitted through our test-optional pathway, see the special note below. All other students must register for the exam in advance according to the following guide:
- Monday test dates – before the preceding Friday
- Tuesday test dates – before the preceding Monday
- Wednesday test dates – before the preceding Tuesday
- Thursday test dates – before the preceding Wednesday
- Friday test dates – before the preceding Thursday
When registration for a test date has closed, it will no longer be displayed in ASTRO.
- Online registration: Click the "ASTRO" button on the bottom of this page. This will lead you to the online registration system where you may pay with a credit or debit card and choose your test date. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and registration
- Your payment receipt will be sent to whatever email address you put into the payment system
- Your registration confirmation will be sent to your WSU access ID email address
- In Person Registration: ***NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order, or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted.
If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at http://studentdisability.wayne.edu/ .
If you are an incoming first year student for Fall 2021 and were admitted through our test-optional pathway,register for exams through orientation at https://slate.wayne.edu/register/placementexams21Otherwise, click ASTRO to go to our online registration systemonce you have read and understood the above instructions